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    Broken things

    Hello,
    If something (like a mobile phone, or anything else) stops working or breaks down (like a car, a watch, or anything else) without any rational reason, we say, in my native leanguage, that material things can be nasty to you as they are not alive and cannot be rational. The way I expressed it might not make sense that's way I am looking for an expression in English for that? Any idiom or a phrase you can think of?

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    #2

    Re: Broken things

    We say that the item:
    crashes
    bombs
    dies

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    Re: Broken things

    It's given up the ghost.
    It's shuffled off its mortal coil.
    It's stuffed, buggered, rooted (Maybe AusE), f***ed.

    Plus any number of the dead parrot terms from Monty Python.

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    Re: Broken things

    You could also say It gave out (or It's given out, but you alraedy know the difference between them, don't you?).

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    Re: Broken things

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    You could also say It gave out (or It's given out, but you alraedy know the difference between them, don't you?).
    Thank you, guys!
    Hi Engee, yes, I do.
    I was looking for "zlosliwosc rzeczy martwych" but I am not sure if I explained it good enough to everybody in my original post?
    Maybe you could help?

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    Smile Re: Broken things

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    Thank you, guys!
    Hi Engee, yes, I do.
    I was looking for "zlosliwosc rzeczy martwych" but I am not sure if I explained it good enough to everybody in my original post?
    Maybe you could help?
    The perversity of inanimate objects seems to be what you've been looking for.

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    Re: Broken things

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    The perversity of inanimate objects seems to be what you've been looking for.
    This is what I was talking about! Thank yo, Engee!
    @ native speakers: is it commonly used or is it understandable?

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